The Regions “model”? Even without autonomy

Before thinking about differentiated regionalism, we should evaluate how the regional administrative machine works and above all understand to what extent the “statutory differentiation” affects performance. “W Le Regions?” Is the starting point for this consideration, the new report by Fondazione Etica on the Public Rating of Regions, edited by Paola Caporossi.

The book, introduced by the preface of the editor of Corriere della Sera Luciano Fontana, offers an X-ray of the Italian regions in terms of budgetary capacity, governance, personnel management, quality of services provided and integrity of contracts. What emerges is that to have good results autonomy is not decisive. The regions with the best quality ratings, in fact, are Lombardy and Tuscany (both benchmarks) followed by Emilia-Romagna: three regions with ordinary statute.

“From the analysis of the Regions with special statute – the report reads – a substantially predictable picture emerges: the two Autonomous Provinces of Trento and Bolzano are both benchmarks, while Sardegna and Sicily are the latest in the Public Rating ranking”. The real surprise is that Trento and Bolzano, while achieving a good result, do not reach the ratings of Lombardy, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.